to hitch one's wagon to a star* - to set oneself high aspirations; to aspire to another's admirable example.
on the wagon - (esp. of a person who drinks habitually) not drinking alcoholic drink usu. only for a short time = on the water wagon - drinking only water.
to bear two faces under one hood* - to be guilty of duplicity; (of speech) to be ambiguous.
latent - a kind of fingerprint, invisible to the naked eye
rainproof - a rainproof garment, esp. a raincoat
pink elephant* - used as a type of the extraordinary or impossible
elephant's breath - a shade of colour, light steel grey
elephant grey* - a fashion shade simulating the grey colour of the elephant
sheer - unmixed or unaccompanied with other matter; Of textile fabrics, etc.: Thin, fine, diaphanous.
widowhood* - the condition of a wife bereaved of her husband, or of a husband bereaved of his wife.
airforce blue - an ultramarine blue
Bros. - commercial abbrev. of brothers
skyhigh - reaching to the sky; Also fig., very high
to have a crush on - to be enamoured of, take a strong fancy to
heliotrope - a shade of purple like that of the flowers of the heliotrope
of yore - of old, in time long past, anciently, formerly
nerve - pl. A disordered nervous system, nervousness
gaming - the action or habit of playing at games of chance for stakes; gambling.
Bruin - an appellation applied, after the manner of a proper name, to the Common or Brown Bear Bruno
tease - to bother or plague in a petty way
lickle - childish or illiterate form of little
calves - pl. of calf (the fleshy hinder part of the shank of the leg, formed by the bellies of muscles which move the foot).
dripping - the fall of liquid in drops; concr. the liquid so falling
affectionate - to have affection for, to regard with affection
violent - something which acts with violence or force; a violent passion or person.
illuminated* - lighted up; made light, luminous, or resplendent
lilac* - the colour of lilac blossom
wallpaper - to cover a wall with wallpaper; also transf. and fig.
fireplace* - a place for a fire, esp. the partially enclosed space at the base of the chimney appropriated to the fire; a hearth.
devotions - private prayers
gape - an open-mouthed stare; a gaze of wonder or curiosity
gaze - to look fixedly, intently, or deliberately at something
pikestaff* - a staff or walking-stick with a metal point at the lower end like an alpenstock; poke - an act of sexual intercourse.
soidisent* - Of persons: Calling oneself; self-styled, would-be. (Usually with implication of pretence or deception.); Of things: Said or claimed to be such, without really being so; pretended.
chine - Of silk: dyed or woven with a mottled or indistinct pattern after an actual or supposed Chinese fashion.
chambermate - one who shares the same room with another
shamefaced - ashamed, abashed
thight - tight, close-fitting, as apparel eye
toccata* - a composition for a keyboard instrument, intended to exhibit the touch and technique of the performer, and having the air of an improvisation.
oilcan* - a can for holding oil
tassie - a small cup
coach - to prepare (a candidate) for an examination; to instruct in special subjects; to tutor.
tumble - to have sexual intercourse with (slang.)
chant - to sing, utter musically
sororal - sisterly
sonority - the quality of being sonorous
capitally - excellently, admirably
chalice* - a drinking-cup or
goblet; the cup in which the wine is administered in the celebration of the eucharist;
chaliced - contained in a chalice or cup.
split - a drink composed of two liquors
gloriously - with an accompaniment of glory or renown; illustriously